20 March 2018

Cosplay Tour & Giveaway: Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger's Dream (Tiger Saga #5)
Author: Colleen Houck
Publication Date: Mar. 20, 2018
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A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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I need to warn you ahead of time, if you haven't read the any of the preceding books in the Tiger Saga, I wouldn't read this review--unless you don't mind spoilers, of course. I won't spoil any of the surprises from Tiger's Dream, but I will be referencing the other books in the series... You've been warned.

To say that I've been waiting for the whole Tiger Saga to be published for awhile, would be an understatement. I fell in love with these books not long after Colleen Houck self-published Tiger's Curse. I actually, proudly, own signed copies of the first two with the old covers that I won in a contest. Not bragging or anything. It's actually really funny. I entered several of Ms. Houck's first Twitter contests years ago and kept winning because I had notifications sent to my phone every time she would post. Finally, to make things fair, Colleen asked me how I kept winning so that she could share it with other fans. I will never forget how excited I was to talk to my FAVORITE AUTHOR!!!

When I realized that I would be able to read Dream before it was released, I can't even express my excitement!

Here's the thing... All of us that love the series know that Ren and Kelsey were just meant-to-be from the very beginning. We all know that Kishan, however, was just as amazing and wonderful as Ren... He just needed a different girl. Kelsey was never meant to be his. Poor Kishan.

Dream picks up right after Tiger's Destiny, which ends with Ren and Kelsey happily-ever-after and poor Kishan stuck in the past as the goddess, Durga's, tiger. Or, Anamika's tiger. Seeing as how they are one and the same. You get a sense from the beginning that if Kishan could just let go of his romantic love for Kelsey and move on, Ana would be the perfect match for him. But, you know, these things are never that simple, are they?

I made sure to reread the whole Tiger Saga before I started on Dream. I wanted to make sure it was all fresh for me. Amazingly, even though I've read them all quite a few times already, I still needed the refresher as I would've missed some things from Dream that I had forgotten about.

Ms. Houck has been promising that Dream would be the book to answer all of our questions from the whole of the series. Honestly, though--Dream answers questions that I didn't realize I should've been asking. There are so. many. intricate. details. Things that happen in the rest of the series, that seen from Kishan's point-of-view will change the way I read these books forever. It's like a veil has been lifted. Behind that veil? The genius that is Colleen Houck.

I'm not just saying this to blow smoke. It's true, people. Ms. Houck had all these little things planned from the very beginning and I don't have a clue as to how. How everything just falls into place and makes SO MUCH SENSE now. I felt so good after reading Destiny. Like, I can die happy now because Ren + Kelsey = 4ever and all of that sappiness. Buuuuut, please. Anyone who doesn't also read Dream would be shortchanging themselves. If you're worried it won't be like the others because there's no Ren and Kelsey... Or any of the other characters, rest assured. They are there. Not in the same capacity, of course, as this is Kishan's story--but there were some great moments with some of our favorite characters.

So, do yourself a favor, read Tiger's Dream (after you've read all the others, of course), and then bask in the fact that that is how one writes a book series.

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